Date of Birth:  Nov. 9, 1980
 Place of Birth: Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, QC
 Residence: Montreal, QC
 Years on National Team:
 2
 Height:  5'11"
 Weight: 160 lbs.

Though she's been shredding the slopes on a snowboard since the age of eleven, Dominique Maltais has only been competing seriously for four years. In that short time, she has become a force on the international Snowboardcross circuit and has proven to be a genuine threat for a medal in Turin 2006.

Maltais grew up in the beautiful Charlevoix region of Quebec, where she was exposed to the outdoors at an early age. She was initially a presence on the national level in Halfpipe -- where she repeated as National Champion in 2003 and 2004 -- but it's just recently that she has used her imposing size to excel in Snowboardcross. She won her first World Cup in that event in November of 2004, in just her second year on tour. She then subsequently went on to finish fifth overall at the completion of that season, and has posted numerous solid results, including a fourth-place at last year's World Championships in Whistler.

Dominique has already achieved success on the 2005-06 FIS World Cup Season, winning gold in Austria in early January and has spent most of the season at the top of the World Cup Snowboardcross rankings.

Maltais proves her fearlessness each day she isn't on the slopes, as a full-time firefighter for the city of Montreal. She is also an avid musician, playing both the piano and saxophone in her spare time.

If she can maintain her current season's form, there is a good chance she'll be hearing the sweet sounds of the Canadian anthem in Turin.


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